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political significance. keep in mind the u.s. government has a definition under criminal law and otherwise for what terrorism is. i think initially the president wanted to be very careful not to be the first fact witness as to what was happening, not committing to any set of facts or criteria. but i think obviously seeing what had happened, understanding what the f.b.i. was starting to see, understanding the nature of these explosive devices that he was comfortable and i probably felt a little bit of political pressure to call what it it is, which is an act of terror. the real trick here is the white house wanting to calibrate the judgment, not wanting to jump to conclusions and also wanting to send a message of national resilience which is something you've heard consistently not just from the white house but from homeland and counterterrorism officials for the last couple of years. >> ifill: don borrelli, as the nation struggles to find the balance between that kind of resiliency and awareness of what might be going on, does it matter that this is a different kind of venue? that is to say
group of people. now, what motivated them, were they jihad this or anti- government extremists, that is still unclear. >> if this is not a wider plot, as janet napolitano seems to be suggesting, why are so many other places around the world stepping up security? >> we have always seen people like to copycat these things. explorel qaeda start to planes and look at experimentation on that after 9/11. a copycat bomber in london -- london has two activities coming up right around the corner, the funeral for lady thatcher and the london marathon. i saw comments from home secretary john read this morning were on the mark, a new way of reviewing arrangements. you gather information from things happening a week ago, two days ago. >> realistically, what can we do in democratic societies to ensure the soft targets are safe? it is remarkable that there has not been an attack a and in the u.s. on a soft target since 9/11. that is extraordinary. >> on the 9/11 commission we were very aware and sensitive about overseas attacks from al qaeda or a domestic group. first, it is trying to make su
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